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Thomas Egerton Keyworth

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Thomas Egerton Keyworth (c1864-1946) of Clayton and Shuttleworth, Stamp End Works, Lincoln ; and 38 Monks Road, Lincoln.

1947 Obituary [1]

THOMAS EGERTON KEYWORTH, whose death occurred at Estoril, Portugal, on 8th December 1946, at the age of eighty-two, was one of the oldest members of the Institution, his long association dating back to 1885 when he was elected a Graduate. He was transferred to Membership in 1888. He was educated at Oundle and served a four-years apprenticeship in the boiler making and machine shops of Messrs. Clayton and Shuttleworth, agricultural engineers, of Lincoln, with whom he continued until 1887 when he went on the firm's behalf to the Argentine, thus beginning a connection, with South America and the West Indies, which lasted to the end of his long professional career.

Subsequently he entered the service of the Buenos Ayres and Rosario Railway Co, for whom he was engaged as a fitter, and later as draughtsman. He remained in the Argentine until 1900, during part of which period he was employed by the Buenos Ayres and Pacific Railway Company. He then received the appointment of chief mechanical engineer to the Cuban Central Railways, and held this position until 1917. On the concern's acquisition in that year by the United Railways of Havana, Ltd., he continued to hold office, but in 1921 the complete fusion of the two systems was effected and Mr. Keyworth became chief mechanical engineer of the combined railway companies. On his retirement in 1930, after over forty years' service in Argentine and Cuban railways, the title of "Hijo Adoptero" of Sagua, was conferred upon him; he was probably the first Englishman to receive this honour and token of universal regard.

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